Yucca Pepper Salad

Can I tell you a Tiko/diotamaceous story?
After Tiko was poisoned a couple weeks ago,
I was supposed to watch his poop and tell the doctor when it was clean of blood.
(Yucky story, sorry,)
Well, he had several white plateworms, yikes, in each one. So, I doubled up on his diotamaceous earth,
 giving it to him twice a day, and the worms are completely gone after three days. I am So happy!
And so is Tiko! Back to his mischievous self!

Recipe of the Day – Yucca Salad


1 large yucca root, peeled and chopped

1 qt. water

4 c. Baby greens

1 sliced red bell pepper

2 tomatoes, chopped

2 T. Olive oil or mayonnaise

2 sliced green onions,

juice of one lemon,

salt and a sprinkle of cayenne

Reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes or until yucca is tender. Remove from heat, drain using a colander. When yucca is cool enough to handle, chop yucca into small cubes and place into a large bowl. Add greens, tomatoes, mayonnaise, red onion, red bell pepper, green onion, celery, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper.

Word of the Day – gusano – worms

Tip of the Day –  Give the diotamaceous earth by weight. A tablespoons for humans, and surprisingly, two for big dogs like Tiko.

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No-Bake Almond Rice Cookies

As Jose, El Maestro (the head foreman) left today, he did what he does, occasionally, and walks around the house, having the workers wait for him as he checks that I have everything I need. “Jose,” I can’t find the water handles to the water supply anymore! (I have one for city water and one for irrigation.) And he uncovered the the dirt areas and “voila,” there they were! (He put them there nine months ago, so I knew he’d know where they were.) I thought maybe he’d moved them. They do that with the water pipes all the time. Then he checked my propane containers, and sure enough, there was zero gas left in the one that gives hot water to the house. Wow! How did he know it was time to look at it! So I asked the worker leaving for lunch if he’d bring me one after his lunch hour, and he brought me out a new one filled with gas ($2.50 for me, every 2 months or so), and took the old one away. Thanks for not letting me have a cold shower tonight, Jose and Franklin!

Here’s another gluten-free, great-for-you, anti-candida, whole-foods vegan recipe, that even Tiko and Cuko can eat! I wanted something interesting to do with my leftover rice!

Recipe of the Day: No-Bake Almond Rice Cookies


1 1/4 c. brown rice

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 c. almond butter (or peanut butter)

1/3 c. coconut syrup

1 T. coconut oil

1 T. chia seed soaked in 3 Tab. water (replaces the egg)

1 pinch vanilla powder

1/4 c. coconut crystals/Stevia powder

1/2 tsp.  cinnamon

pinch of ginger

Chocolate Syrup:

1/4 c. cacao/carob powder

1 T.. water

pinch salt

2 drops olive oil

Directions: Mix together all ingredients for the cookies. Continue to mix until you can form 1 inch balls with hands – if the dough is too crumbly to stick together, add a bit more oil, almond butter or syrup until it comes together a bit more.  Flatten balls and press with a fork. For the chocolate syrup – stir ingredients. Drizzle over cookies. Chill or  you may bake these, as well! 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes.

Word of the Day: arroz – rice

arroz integral – brown rice

Tip of the Day: Add a little sweetness to your day with a low-glycemic sweetener like Stevia, which is grown here. You can buy or grow your own Stevia plants, then dry and powder the leaves in your food processor. So easy to have your own stevia powder!

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